Have you thought about adding a few new winter or Christmas events to your schedule this year? These special events, located in Hillsborough and neighboring towns, are sure to make the holiday season even more exciting.
Tree Lighting at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Complex in Hillsborough
The annual Hillsborough tree lighting ceremony is a can’t-miss event if you have kids. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with hot chocolate and cookies, train rides (weather permitting) and appearances by the characters from “Frozen.” Santa is scheduled to make an appearance at 7 p.m. After he makes his big entrance, he’ll assist in the tree lighting, then spend a little time chatting with the children.
Nutcracker at Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough
You don’t have to travel to New York City to see a performance of The Nutcracker ballet. In fact, it only takes a few minutes to drive to the Hillsborough High School auditorium, the site of this local production featuring young dancers from the Dance Connection. At just 1 ½ hours long, the narrated and abridged version of the Tchaikovsky classic ballet is the perfect length for the entire family.
The Nutcracker starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $21 and are available online.
Pancakes with Santa at Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Bridgewater
There’s no better way to start the holiday season than with Pancakes with Santa. Sponsored by The Raritan Valley Mothers of Multiples organization, the event includes breakfast, a photo opportunity with Santa and a small gift for every child. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds will be used to sponsor a family from The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.
December 14th and 21st
Holiday Planetarium Star Shows at the Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg
Enjoy the Christmas night skies and laser light performances at several holiday-themed star shows at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium. Each of these shows will be held on both December 14th and 21st:
- The Alien Who Stole Christmas: Recommended for kids ages 6 – 10, the 3 p.m. show follows Santa as he crosses the solar system. Santa’s celestial journey begins after he’s kidnapped by a friendly alien who wants to ensure that children on other planets receive gifts too.
- Mystery at the North Pole: Performed at 7 p.m., “Mystery at the North Pole” involves in the entire audience (ages 6 through adult) in solving the most important mystery of the holiday season: Santa’s recent illness. You’ll consider all of the suspects who may benefit from Santa’s illness and learn the identity of the culprit at the end of the show.
- Winter Wonder Lights: This performance features holiday hits, including “Dominic the Donkey,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Wizards in Winter.” The show is recommended for ages 6 through adult and performed at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and sold the day of the program at the planetarium. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (908) 231-8805.
Decorate an Ugly Holiday Sweater at the Somerset County Library – Hillsborough Branch in Hillsborough
Is the tackier the better your philosophy when it comes to Christmas sweaters? The Hillsborough Branch of the Somerset County Library makes it easy to create your own ugly sweater. You bring the sweater, and the library provides the decorations for this fun craft event. The event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in Program Room B and requires online registration. You must be 18 or older to participate.
January 8th – March 12th
Winter Yoga at North Branch Park in Bridgewater
Do the short, cold days of winter leave you feeling a little unmotivated? Winter Yoga, held at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, offers an antidote to post-holiday sluggishness and provides an excellent way to improve muscle tone, flexibility and balance. Beginner Hatha Yoga classes are held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, intermediate classes from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and advanced classes from 7 – 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Bring a yoga mat or purchase one from your instructor on the first day of class. Class fees are $80.
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